Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 4:00 pm  |  56 responses

Dwyane Wade: Chicago Bulls One Player Away from Title Contention

Dwyane Wade states the obvious about the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose, however, will probably not agree. From ESPN: “They met us in the Eastern Conference finals, and they were one player away from making it a very, very, very tough series,’ Wade said. ‘Derrick Rose is evolving into a phenomenal player. You could look and see they’re one player away from being there every year.’ … Wade has a pretty good idea as to what type of player the Bulls should pursue, and it’s not a surprise. Bulls fans clamored for a shooting guard who could help take the pressure off Rose. ‘It would have to be a player that can take the pressure off him from making every play,’ Wade said. ‘As a point guard, when you have to score so much, and have to make every big shot, and have to make all the passes, eventually it takes a toll on you throughout the season, no matter how phenomenal you are. So just someone who can come in and take some of that pressure away. That’s why I was excited not only to play with my friend but excited to play with a guy like LeBron, because it takes some of that pressure away from having to do it year after year after year. It saves you, your body.’”

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  • CubicleWorker

    You mean someone like D-Wade?? Don’t give me this “they were one player away from making it very difficult”. They are already a contender and the series was infinitely more competitive than the 4-1 result suggests. Especially considering two buzzer beater blocks by LBJ. No shout out to Tom Thibeault or w.e for running those iso plays *smh*

  • bike

    What an idiotic statement. Must be some subtle dig at what the owners want in the labor dispute.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Damn, the guy states what everyone has been saying for the past 5-6 months and y’all still mad. Bulls fans are some sensitive felines.

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    Yeah, and that one player was supposed to be you!!

  • LA Huey

    I think the point he was trying to make is that Rose needs someone to share the load for the long haul of the season. The kid had to go bananas just for them to get past Indy and ATL. It’s true. If Boozer can step it up and play to his pay grade, they’d be fine but you really putting your eggs in that basket as a Bulls fan.

  • MikeC.

    At least they didn’t go all-in on Joe Johnson. If you have to wildly overpay a player, make it a big. Even when they’re old and decomposing, a big is still big.

  • JL

    if rose had just tried to pass it off to someone else not guarded by lebron james the serious would be totally different!


    Ay Dios mio, Dios mio. You chose not 2 ese! So callate la boca!

  • LA Huey

    @JL, to whom should he have passed? Deng? Wade owned him. Boozer? Bosh owned him? Was Korver going to take Mike Miller off the dribble? Gibson blew his entire load in Game 1. Bogans? Noah? Bueller? Bueller?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is obviously true. don’t see a single legitimate problem with this except he is kind of insinuating the Bulls weren’t really a challenge. which is false, they just weren’t suited to beat a championship team in a 7-game series, but it wasn’t a walk in the park or anything close to that. LBJ had to do work to shore up that series in 5.

  • LA Huey

    Wade called it a “very, very, very tough series”. Can’t we give Wade the benefit of the doubt that he thought the ECF was at least “a very tough series”? Or do we think he’s so arrogant he thought the series was a cake walk and so dumb that adding one player could make it exponentially more difficult?

  • T-Money

    This is the big leagues. Ain’t no challenging 4-1 series – that’s a spanking. I don’t care if every game was decided at the buzzer. If you didn’t even have the opportunity to force a game 7, you got rocked.

  • SikhWitIt

    They need a Jamal Crawford/Jason Terry type guy

  • patrick

    Bulls should pick up Barbosa, Flip Murray, or Stephen Jackson.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no LA Huey he said they were “one player from making it a very very tough series.”

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    you guys can’t really be mad at this… if you are you’re a fool… this is what we’ve been saying on here for a year but wade says it and suddenly it’s an insult.. bike, you and cubicle worker must be on crack

  • LA Huey

    @nbk, my bad. However, my point still stands.

  • robb

    why the hate?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well then I answer your question yes and yes. For one adding one player (a good shooting guard, which is what he was kind of talking about) would have made the Bulls an exponentially harder out in the playoffs – it also would have prolonged Rose’s effectiveness (which we all agree, faltered in the 2nd round, just for different reasons). And I fully think Wade is arrogant enough to consider the ECF a cakewalk last season.

  • LA Huey

    So you think Wade considered the ECF a cakewalk and a single player would automatically push a rematch 7 games? Alrighty.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Wade is absolutely right, regardless of what Rose may have told HoopsHype.
    Like I said, Rose is a loyal teammate who won’t throw his guys under the bus, but deep down even he knows they’re another scorer away from being a truly elite championship-caliber squad.
    But it can’t just be anyone. Part of what made them so great in the regular season was their chemistry and another big part was their defense.
    So it’s gonna be awfully tough to find a shooting guard that 1. Will fit in with the squad, 2. Cares about defense 3. Can take the scoring load off Rose and 4. Is either a free agent or someone on the trade block.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I didn’t say one player would have pushed the series to 7-games, I said one player would have made Chicago an exponentially harder out. It has to be a really good 1-player but still is true. Unless your saying the Heat would have got to the finals without either Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, you know, because one player doesn’t change much….

  • T-Money

    LA Huey: Yes, 5 games is a cakewalk. Yes, a single player could push a rematch 7 games – like a single serviceable, legit center could mean a ‘ship for Miami. There is nothing “automatic” and I never implied that.

  • LA Huey

    I think we just have different ideas of what exponentially means. If you can’t push a series two more games, you didn’t exponentially improve to me.

  • LA Huey

    @T-Money, my comment wasn’t directed towards you but I gotta disagree. A 5-game series doesn’t automatically mean a cakewalk. That BOS-MIA series from 2010 was a cakewalk but CHI-MIA 2011 was not. The Celtics series from 2010 was never in doubt (cakewalk) but this year’s ECF came down to the final few possessions in every game but the opener.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The series opener.
    Now THAT was a cakewalk.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Actually apart from that GM1 shellacking and Gm5′s furious comeback, MIA won Gm 2-4 by double digits. So I see where y’all are coming from, I won’t necessarily call it a “cakewalk” (it’s a series win vs the top overall seed) but MIA had its way with CHI.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Well if Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant were a Bull they conceivably could have won the series, i was being (or trying) to be realistic about who they could add, best case (IMO) OJ Mayo, and he maybe would have added a win to te series, just by allowong DRose to pace himself. But I get what your saying Huey.

  • LA Huey

    Alright, I’m guilty of some revisionist history here. I just checked the series recap on ESPN. Miami won this series with room to breath in every game but Game 5. But I just want to note that Game 4 went to OT. My bad. I’m always extra critical of the team I follow.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Game 2 was a 10 point win that was 48-46 at halftime.
    Game 3 the Heat were up 68 to 65 to start the 4th quarter before they won by 11.
    Game 4 was tied at the end of regulation and went into overtime where the Heat whipped the Bulls 16 to 8 for a 8 point win.
    And of course there was that awesome (hey, I’m a Bulls fan but I can admit greatness when I see it) comeback by the Heat where the Bulls were leading 62 to 57 at the start of the 4th only to end up losing by 3.
    So to me, that means despite the Heat winning those four games none of those victories came easy.
    They had the personnel that could step up late and will their team to victory, the Bulls did not. But it wasn’t easy.

  • Mike Jones

    I know this has been stated before but the only player the bulls should be considering is allen iverson. I know rose is a similar not as impressive younger version of AI, but surely he can be the help on offensive the bulls need and also help rose grow into a even better player. AI BRING HIM BACK he deserves to go out with a bang.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Mike Jones (who? MIKE JONES!!!) – That would be a disaster.
    Would AI play the 2? So we got a 6’3” PG and a 6’0” SG? Even if AI guards the opposing PG, Rose can’t guard SGs.
    Or would AI come off the bench?
    Nope. AI said it himself – “I don’t know no MVP that come off the bench.”
    Who would be the primary ball-handler? Contrary to popular belief, AI was quite nice off the ball, coming off screens and whatnot. But he’d still want the ball a good chunk of the time.
    Also, trust when I tell you John Paxson, Gar Foreman and Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t even think about bringing AI in.

  • slamfan4life

    yeah a SG…thanks Wade

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Well, when you take into account that DWade was in the midst of his worst playoff series ever and after GM1 when it looked like the Bulls had the upper hand it makes those double digit wins even more impressive.
    The bulls were a formidable foe but after GM1, the Heat had total control of the series even when they were down during GM5 in the 4th, you still felt like they were going to make a run.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Shannon Brown is starting to look like the next SG of the Bulls. Just sayin

  • jire

    OJ Mayo is the last piece for the Bulls. He is a young talented player, that could explode with a scenary change

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    jtaylor21, shut yo punk a** up.

  • 6marjons

    i think chicago is just as many players away from a championship as miami

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Well, when the Bulls beat the Pacers 4-1 almost every game in THAT series went down to the wire. I still wouldn’t hesitate to call that a shlacking, although the Pacers put up a pretty good fight for an 8th seed with a lot of promise.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Didn’t we hear anyone named mr James say this before?

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Can we all agree, Arron Afflalo would be the PERFECT piece for Chicago?

    Chicago sometimes put in Korver for shooting and sacrificed defense, they sometimes put in Brewer for defense and sacrificed offense, sometimes they put in Bogans and sacrificed everything. Afflalo can not only shoot like Korver, defend like Brewer, but he’s also athletic, can drive, and is unselfish.

  • r2j

    Gotta agree with YNot it was supposed to be Wade or LeBron but it’s cool tho. We’ll see em’ again and if my Bulls get a decent shooting guard then it won’t end like last year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    RAAARRRR!!! I’m a Bulls fan and I’m so angry that he gave his opinion! What a jerk! Seriously though….how could anyone get angry at D-Wade’s statement here? He pointed out a fact that nearly everyone has been stating for a long time.

  • CubicleWorker

    It’s funny these guys like JTaylor and LA Huey who didn’t watch the series, you can’t just wikipedia this stuff and comment. I watched all the games, from what I remember it was really close, came down to a few momentum plays. One play can be a game changer. Even looking to the boston series, I think it was game 3, boston was on a comeback, LeBron did that spin move and got the non-call on the charge vs Rondo and the series shifted entirely from that point. The CHI/MIA series was a GRIND. I wouldn’t call battling it out neck and neck until the last three minutes a cake walk. The only reason why anyone would get angry at this comment is because of his implied arrogance that the series wasn’t tough. Keep in mind D-Wade underperformed for basically the entire series, James was phenomenal and Bosh was possessed. It just seems like Wade/James have no concept of reality, seems like everything they say is overwhelming arrogant even when making a simple comment.

  • http://www.opposingviews.com/i/nba-breakdown-cba-talk-revenue-sharing-salary-caps-and-lockouts Allenp

    Nick Young, Rip Hamilton, J.R. Smith.
    Affalo is cool, but I don’t think he’s a consistent enough scorer against elite comp. Nick, J.R. and Rip can get their buckets against anyone.
    rip players defense, the other two do not and are head cases, but they are more versatile scorers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    RIP in my mind is the best fit there. He scores off the ball very well. He can still average 18ish ppg with a good PG giving him the ball, plus he’ll still occaisionally have a 30 pt explosion. He’s an underrated defender too.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’d take Afflalo personally. Something about Rip I just never really liked, plus he’s getting up there in age.
    Afflalo isn’t a big time scorer, but compared to Bogans? Yeah, dude gets buckets compared to Bogans.
    And his defense is pretty damn good too.
    @CubicleWorker (aren’t we all?) – Jtaylor is a huge LeBron fan, there’s no doubt in my mind he watched every game in the Mia/Chi series.

  • RetrOhh

    Why not make a play @ MontaEllis ?? (Most underrated 2Gaurd in the L, correct me if im wrong) . If thats possible isay it’s an instant chip . & then DRose can finally play the 1Spot PROPERLY! like dish out more assists & stop chuckin, signed by NotADRoseHater

  • RetrOhh

    not to mention takin the DoubleTeam off my dawg lol

  • chingy

    Monta Ellis + Drose would make too small of a backcourt. It’ll be a problem on defense. Afflalo is underrated. A perfect role player for a contender. From all accounts, he’s a professional and a good teammate. Hustles on D and hits his shots when called upon.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    @cubicleworker. I did watch the series, it was a tough series and I never called it a cakewalk. All I said was that Miami won 3 games in the series “with room to breathe”. Unless you consider marigins of 10, 11, and 12 to be “barely winning”.
    btw, LeBron’s spin-to-dunk on Rondo was Game 2. And then “the series shifted” in Miami’s favor where they got it handed to them in Game 3 at Boston? Sometimes it helps to check sources because human memory isn’t perfect. That’s all I did.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Afflalo gonna get overpaid this offseason. Whatever his market value should be, he will get almost double. No way Chicago ends up getting him.

  • http://www.opposingviews.com/i/nba-breakdown-cba-talk-revenue-sharing-salary-caps-and-lockouts Allenp

    Affalo is a good role player. The Bulls need a serious scorer, not a good role player.
    I love Affalo’s game and how hard he plays, but I think he’s maxed out as a scorer. I could be wrong, but that’s my gut feeling. But, he definitely is an improvement over Bogans. Man, if Brewer could shoot, he’s be perfect for the Bulls.

  • bradley

    they need to get eric gordon, the two played in aau together it would be perfect, too bad there stuck with boozers contract

  • http://bilibid.com deezndhaus

    boozer & bogans for rip and Gordon? haha

  • AZiatic

    Just bring in Iverson, he is what they need. he can score, read passing lanes and pass (yes Pass)